Facial Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQs are provided to help answer any questions you may have regarding your facial experience. If you have questions not addressed on our FAQ listing, please do not hesitate to contact me as I want to ensure that all of your questions are answered accurately.
Why do I need facials?
A regular facial routine is more about skin health and maintenance than it is about luxury or pampering, although many do find it to be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. Facial services help increase circulation and stimulate the skin. They can also help slow down premature aging and drastically improve conditions such as acne, redness and Rosacea. Facials are a great preventative treatment to help you beat wrinkles before they occur, and can also help you achieve lighter, brighter, younger-looking skin. In addition to healthier skin, many men enjoy regular facials to help minimize irritation, redness, ingrown hairs, and razor burn associated with shaving.
Why do I need a professional Esthetician?
For the same reason doctor and dentist check-ups are necessary: for better health! Skin is a living part of your body (your largest organ, in fact), that defends against environmental assaults and extreme temperatures. It helps eliminate toxins from the body, and it is continually renewing and protecting. To look and feel its best, your skin needs personal attention from a professional. PURE Skincare & Acne Spa features licensed esthetician, Holly Smith who is trained to deliver professional skin treatments that will target your specific needs, and prescribe the products that will help maintain your optimum skin health at home in between facials.
What can I expect at my facial appointment?
Plan to arrive to your first appointment about 5-10 minutes early. You will need to fill out a form listing contact information, allergies and any medications that you are currently taking. Then I will evaluate your skin using a magnify lamp, ask you about your goals for your skin, and make a recommendation for skincare products and treatments to help you reach those goals. A facial generally consists of a cleansing, exfoliation, steam (in the form of warm towels or a machine), massage and a treatment mask.
What should I do to prepare for my facial?
Since my facials are designed to work on your skin from the décolleté up, you may want to plan on removing your makeup or pulling long hair back, although a head wrap will be used to protect your hair and a thorough cleanse will be done at the beginning of the facial. Men should be clean shaved unless bearded. Other than these few easy steps, simply be ready to relax and enjoy yourself in our private, comfortable room.
Will the facial hurt, or be uncomfortable?
You should never feel irritation, burning or discomfort during your facial. All of the products I use are created to be non-irritating, and I have been trained to use the best products for your skin type. If for some reason you should feel discomfort, please tell me immediately.
How soon will I start seeing results from my facial?
Some people see results immediately, and your skin should feel different right away. The skin feels, clean, smooth, hydrated, and reflects a new level of health that’s visibly noticeable. If the skin has more advanced long-term needs, such as treatment of skin aging, acne or hyper-pigmentation caused by hormonal fluctuations or sun damage, results may not be immediately visible; however, skin health will continue to improve as you follow my advice, and use a good home-care regimen.
What are the long-term benefits of getting regular facials?
Plain and simple: healthy skin! And healthy skin is better-looking skin. The products I use are designed to help keep skin at an optimal level of fitness – not just cover up with cosmetic results. In addition, when skin is at an optimal level of fitness, I can more effectively address issues that may arise from time to time, as your skin’s needs are constantly changing.
How can seasonal changes affect my skin?
Similar to the seasons, skin goes through its own fluctuations. Combine nature’s weather cycle with air conditioning and forced-air heating, and you have skin that’s constantly under assault. Cold winds and low temperatures can dry out skin, depriving it of balanced levels of oils, contributing to dryness, sensitivity and premature aging. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from skin, which is why skin that has recently been burned or tanned requires more moisturizing than unexposed areas. Forced-air heating also dries out skin: warm, dry air acts like a sponge, soaking up moisture from everything it touches. To help skin stay healthy with the seasons, speak with me about modifying your skin care regimen accordingly. Chances are that with a few product updates, you can keep skin healthy year-round.
If I get a facial, do I have to use professional products at home?
No, but talk to me about what products you are using. Many products from drug stores or beauty counters contain ingredients that cause or contribute to skin issues such as dryness, oiliness, acne breakouts and redness.
How often should I get a facial?
Generally, facials are recommended once a month. However, we can discuss your specific needs, desired outcomes and schedule together.